Frederick Brown

Frederick Brown is Learning Forward’s chief learning officer/deputy, where he leads the association’s business services and membership teams as well as overseeing program content for the Learning Forward Academy and conferences and institutes. Prior to joining Learning Forward, Brown served as a senior program office for the New York City based Wallace Foundation where he guided the work of several major grantees, including the Southern Regional Education Board; the Institute for Learning at the University of Pittsburgh; and the states of Ohio, Iowa, Wisconsin, Oregon, Kansas, and New Jersey. Before joining The Wallace Foundation, Brown was director of the Leadership Academy and Urban Network for Chicago (LAUNCH), an organization whose mission was to identify, train, and support principals for the Chicago Public Schools. In 2005, LAUNCH was highlighted by the U.S. Department of Education as an Innovative Pathway to the Principalship. Brown's expertise is grounded in real-world experience. He has been an elementary school teacher and principal as well as a middle school assistant principal. He also served as a founding member of the Mathematics and Equity Teams for Ohio's Project Discovery, a statewide initiative to improve mathematics and science instruction. Over the past 15 years, Brown has been a leader in designing and facilitating cutting-edge learning experiences for school and district administrators on topics such as cultural competence, leadership, and professional learning communities.

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Advancing the standards: Leaders in a learning system

By Frederick Brown | July 1, 2013

Principals create the conditions for effective teaching and learning that is scaled throughout their buildings and sustained over time. See what a learning system looks like from the perspective of a school leader.

Advancing the standards: Strike up the band: Lessons in leadership

By Frederick Brown | April 1, 2013

Frederick Brown shares his reflections on his high school band leader, Mr. White, who embodied the Leadership standard of the Standards for Professional Learning by developing capacity for learning and leading, advocating for learning, and creating support systems and structures.

Advancing the standards: Real change requires a focus on implementation

By Frederick Brown | January 1, 2013

A lot of change efforts and professional learning are well-intentioned, but simply don’t bring about the kinds of changes in practice their designers envisioned. The Implementation standard tells us that successful implementation begins with adult learning and change process research; provides ongoing support for individuals, teams, and schools in a variety of ways; and includes “constructive feedback and reflection to support continuous improvement in practice.” Read how to consider the Implementation standard when planning professional learning.

Advancing the standards: It’s time to take a Galilean approach to analyzing our data

By Frederick Brown | October 1, 2012

Sometimes the data tell us things about our systems or ourselves that we may not want to hear. Learn strategies for making meaning from the data in front of us instead of forcing it to fit a preconceived understanding.

Advancing the standards: Align your professional learning resources when facing limited budgets

By Frederick Brown | July 1, 2012

When resources are limited and calls to trim the budget are made, how should school leaders respond? See how much of what we need is at our fingertips and how to harness it effectively in order to avoid repeating past mistakes.

Advancing the standards: Get a clue – use that data!

By Frederick Brown | March 1, 2012

Discover how using data can be like playing a board game, but one rule needs to change in order for students to win.